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Car Fire Spread to Maryland Townhouses, Frederick Fire Dept. Says

Smoke from the fire at a Frederick County townhome could be seen from miles away

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A massive fire that engulfed a townhouse and damaged two others in Frederick County, Maryland, Thursday afternoon spread from a vehicle fire outside the garage of the main home that was nearly destroyed, fire officials say.

Nearly 100 firefighters from Frederick, Montgomery and Carroll counties responded to the blaze in the 9600 block of Ethan Ridge Drive in Urbana about 2:25 p.m., Frederick County Fire and Rescue said. The fire took over three floors on the back of a townhome and extended to the houses on either side.

All residents from the townhomes were able to get out safely and there were no injuries, the fire department said.

Massive orange flames could be seen shooting out from the roof of the home and clouds of dark smoke billowed out into the sky.

Once firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, the townhome's roof was mostly gone. Blackened soot and ash covered what remained of the home's frame, which appeared all but destroyed.

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The two townhouses on either side of the home sustained moderate damage, the fire department said.

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Residents who were displaced are receiving help from the Red Cross.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office.

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